der·​ma·​to·​phyte | \ (ˌ)dər-ˈma-tə-ˌfīt How to pronounce dermatophyte (audio) , ˈdər-mə- How to pronounce dermatophyte (audio) \

Definition of dermatophyte

: a fungus parasitic on the skin or skin derivatives (such as hair or nails)

Examples of dermatophyte in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An overgrowth of dermatophytes like trichophyton can cause issues like athlete's foot, an infection that begins as an itchy, red, and scaly rash that starts between the toes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Patia Braithwaite, SELF, 12 June 2019 Trichophyton, one of the more typical locker room pathogens, belongs to a type of fungi known as dermatophytes. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, 12 June 2019 In order to grow, dermatophytes get nutrients from keratin, a protein in the outer layer of your skin, hair, and nails, according to the Merck Manual. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of dermatophyte

1882, in the meaning defined above

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“Dermatophyte.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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der·​ma·​to·​phyte | \ (ˌ)dər-ˈmat-ə-ˌfīt How to pronounce dermatophyte (audio) , ˈdər-mət-ə- How to pronounce dermatophyte (audio) \

Medical Definition of dermatophyte

: a fungus parasitic upon the skin or skin derivatives (as hair or nails) — compare dermatomycosis

Other Words from dermatophyte

dermatophytic \ (ˌ)dər-​ˌmat-​ə-​ˈfit-​ik How to pronounce dermatophyte (audio) , ˌdər-​mət-​ How to pronounce dermatophyte (audio) \ adjective

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